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"Red Bull"

Red Bull
(Bandit #7)

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Specs:

1998 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer
5.0 V8
4R70W
4.10 D35 Open
4.10 Ford 8.8
Manual 4406
BFG All-Terrain's 285/75/16 (33's)

Mods:

Engine

302 bored .030 over (306)
XE264HR Cam
Dual Valve Springs
OBX Headers
Machined GT40P Heads
Red Powder Coated Intake, Oil Pan, and Valve Covers

New:
Injectors, valve seats and seals, lifters, pushrods

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Steering
2003+ Sport Trac Knuckles
Mevotech TTX TRE's

Brakes
Sport Trac Brake Upgrade:
-12" Rotors (Front)
Ceramic Brake Pads

Lighting
6000k 30w LED's
Clear Headlight Corners and Lenses

Suspension
Warrior Shackles
Add-A-Leafs
2" Torsion Twist
1" Body lift
Bilstein 4600 Shocks
Mevotech TTX Ball Joints and Upper Control Arms
Extended swaybar links

Interior
Limited Steering wheel with redundant radio and digital temp controls
Digital HVAC
Custom leather upholstery (red leather in place of perforated leather)

Electronics/Communications
CB Radio

Exterior
Custom chili pepper red Paint PPG concept
Tupperware removed and holes welded up
"Serious Explorations" license plate frames front and back
Cut and re-welded front fenders 5" to clear larger tires
Limited Color Keyed Front Grill
Painted Rear Bumper
Chopped front bumper bed-lined

Sound
JVC KW-NT300 Nav/DVD/CD head unit
PAC adapter for steering wheel controls
Kicker DS68 6x8 Coaxial speakers
OEM 8" sub
SiriusXM

Exhaust
Flowmaster Super 44

Replaced:
Fuel tank
Cats
Tailpipe
Leaf Springs
Steering Rack
Inner Tie Rods
Front 4.10 Diff
Water Pump
CPS and Synchronizer
Radiator
A/C System
Front O2 Sensors
Muffler
Wheel Bearings
Multiple Fuel Pumps
Motor Mounts
Transmission mount

Rebuilt
Transmission
Engine

Kris' Old Registry
 



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Tie a huge ribbon around it with a Christmas wreath tied to the bumper and send it to me for a Not so Secret Santa gift ha ha.
 



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Wow, that is blinding. Awesome job again.
 






I have a couple of updates. First off thanks to Kris, Russell, Justin and Mike, I now have my fuel pump issue fixed. I had a clogged fuel filter, a dirty sock, and a bad fuel pump, which in the case of the pump, died at the meet. Kris let me have one from a spare tank, and after buttoning it all up again, we found out that pump was bad too. So $100 later for a new pump and a lot of great help, my fuel issue is fixed. :)

Russell also installed my Sony head unit and got my steering wheel controls to work. The whole system now sounds amazing! He also swapped spares with me so now i have a matching wheel. Thanks Russell!

And finally, I switched out radio bezels with one Kris had laying around so I now have wood grain one.

I got more than I expected done at the swap and had so much fun installing the 5.0 in the trac. Thank you guys for inviting me along. :D
 






How was the highway driving to Austin?
 






It really wasn't bad at all I started out with half a tank and got there with an eighth. As far as just the drive, even with 31s I had no trouble doing 75 on the highway. All in all Red Bull performed very well. :D
 






Sweet, I wish I had your gas mileage. I leave with half a tank I'll be filling up in Hempstead.
 






dan, i was more than happy to help yea out, still dont know how much i actually did though, lol. As far as the head unit, i have a present for you :D

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to those that may not know, Red Bull started off as an Eddie Bauer, meaning it was wired for a long center console with message center and rear audio controls. Kris removed that console and installed a short center console, meaning no more rear audio controls. When you do that, you loose the rear speakers...this is because the rear audio control is wired in series with the rear speakers...so when you remove it, you open the circuits to the rear speakers. So Dan asked me to fix it (of course :p: ) so I built the above picture. What i did was jump the 4 wires needed to complete the circuit and 'bypass' the now non-installed rear audio controls. also, i included a pigtail for the bottom cig lighter which is tied into the factory fused circuit. So there is that, lol. So hope it helps dan!
 






It sure will help. I found out a long time ago that Russell, for all his ego, knows what he is doing. :p:

I also started playing around with the subwoofer controls in my head unit. I had to change my shorts shortly after I had everything maxed out. :D Now once my rear speakers kick in it will be even more awesome. I am very pleased with this setup. I was considering a double din head unit...and still am, but for right now this is the best audio system I have ever had in a vehicle.

With Christmas around the corner I also hope to have some new goodies for Red Bull. :)
 






Finally found some time today to install Russell's wiring...um...thingamajig. Anyways, after finally finding the big plug buried behind the EATC unit, I was able to screw the plug ends together and then jam my hand into the dash to hook up the 12 volt socket. When I tested the system, it sounded so much better now that the rear speakers are doing their part. Thank you so much Russell!!
 






You're very welcome dan, anything i can do for yea, just let me know!
 






I need a coffee maker wiring harness for my Explorer. Think you could get on that one?
 


















Thanks Mike! That pic is where Justin, Mike and I were dropping the gas tank the first time.
 






Oh that was fun to watch! Not really, that mounty fuel pump haunted all of us till the end :-S
 






That it did. Damn thing kept us out in the cold for nearly 6 hours chasing down the problem. Dropped the tank put the spare fuel pump in, snapped an evap hose (thanks to kris for having a spare), installed the pump, put it all back together and the truck wouldn't start. Thought it was out of gas ( had an 1/8th in it before we dropped the tank) and used a hand pump and a plastic cup to get fuel out of the gas tank sitting in kris' garage into Red Bull. Still no start. Ran to the gas station to get more gas. Still nothing. Finally determined the spare pump was bad and started the whole process over again this time with a 3/8ths tank full of gas. :rolleyes: With Justin giving me a ride we made a late night run to get a fuel pump (I had to be back at class at 9am the next morning) at AZ just before they closed. With Justin's, Russell's and Kris' help everything was back together and running at 12am which left me just enough time to get home and crash before class.

So yeah that pump should burn in hell. :mad:
 






Headed to the junkyard this morning to pick some things up. First is a set of good looking front door panels. These and the rear panels will be recovered in red leather to match the seats sometime next year.

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I also tore into a Taurus door panel to get this:

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Its a one touch down relay than I plan on wiring into the passenger side window controls.

Not a bad jy run and I got it all for $30
 






Nice, do u plan on covering the entire panels in leather or parts??
 






MrQ said:
I also tore into a Taurus door panel to get this:

Its a one touch down relay than I plan on wiring into the passenger side window controls.

Copycat :p cant wait to see it!
 



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Nice, do u plan on covering the entire panels in leather or parts??

Just the leather part of the panel.

Russell, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. ;)
 






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